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Charter Amendments Recommendations
Membership Meeting on December 9 (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Canada Rail System Offers Preview of Rail Fares (Charles Carole)
Check Out Our New Website (Stephen Trussel)
Fundraiser for Amendment #3
Welcome New Members
Monson Bequest (Arlene Ellis)
Homeless Forum November 15
Don't Know How to Ride TheBus? Google Can Help You (Jackie Parnell)
October 31 Meeting Features Mainland Speaker (Pearl Johnson)
Op-Ed by Leaguer
LWV-Honolulu Commentary on Charter Commission's Proposed Amendments

Canada Transit Systems Offer Preview of Rail Fares

Last month, I visited Vancouver and Toronto and rode their various forms of public transit: buses, trolleys, trains and ferries. They provided good services, but at a cost. In Vancouver, the single adult fares range from $2.25 to $4.50 and for seniors from $1.50 to $3.00, depending on which zones the person starts at or travels to. The monthly prepaid fare card for adults ranges from $60.00 to $130.00, depending upon zones traveled. Seniors pay $40.00 per month regardless of zones.

Vancouver’s system claimed cost is $1.5 billion and serves a population of 2 million. Honolulu’s claimed cost for its planned rail system is $3 billion, serving an island-wide population of less than 1 million. The annual cost for unlimited used by Vancouver seniors is $480. The present cost in Honolulu for unlimited bus use by seniors is $30. What do you think the new system will cost?

In Toronto, the adult subway, trolley and bus fares are $2.75 per trip and $1.85 per trip for seniors. There are free transfers between one mode and the next mode of transit. The monthly prepaid fare card for adults is $99.75 and for seniors is $83.75. All fares and costs are in Canadian dollars which are worth 90% of the American dollar.

Honolulu fares for the proposed rail system will increase. Also, the excise tax surcharge to pay for construction will probably be increased from 0.5% to 1.0% as originally requested by the City Administration. Can the moderate and low income individuals afford fares increases along with increase in taxes, inflation and other expenses in Hawaii?

Charles Carole

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